Tool Shed Flat Cap Stout

Reviewed by on April 11, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Tool Shed Brewing

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: April 11, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American Stout

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Flat Cap Stout is named after Jamie Gordon (who apparently had a predilection for the titular headgear), a local originator in the craft beer canning world, whose products Tool Shed obviously uses.

This 355ml can pours a very, very dark brown cola colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat bubbly tan head, which leaves a disintegrating wall of sudsy limestone lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy, and mildly toasted caramel malt, fruity milk chocolate, a touch of discount store black licorice, and strangely prominent perfumed floral hops. The taste is bready and faintly roasted caramel malt, chalky cocoa powder, subtle free-agent ash, some muddled dark berry fruitiness (which renders the licorice essences more on the Twizzlers side of things), and minor earthy, leafy, and floral hop bitters.  The bubbles are decently represented in their understated frothy meanderings, the body a solid medium weight, and mostly smooth, just a touch of that odd floral character chiming in. It finishes off-dry, the cocoa and caramel still contending with that not altogether unwelcome perfumed thing.

Overall, this is a genial, straight-up stout, until that fruity eau de toilette essence hits me, and sticks around for the long haul. After verifying that it wasn’t coming from my wife’s morning bathroom routine, it became clear that it was in the beer! S’all good, but now I need to find out what hops they used!

Brady White

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